Horticulturists and challenge of food security

November 29, 2021 Blueprint 0

The society comprising several professionals from many organisations gathered in Ibadan recently to chat a new course on food security for the country. BAYO AGBOOLA reports on the meeting. Horticulturists from across Nigeria converged on the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria, (CRIN) Ibadan, the Oyo state capital between November 15 to 17 for the 39th annual conference of Horticultural Society Read More

FCT: Youth involvement in Agric’ll guarantee food security – Official

October 20, 2021 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

The acting secretary, Agriculture and Rural Development, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Abubakar Ishaq Saddeq, has said that in the quest of the country to eliminate hunger and guarantee food security, it is pertinent to properly engage youth in Agriculture.He said this recently during an inspection visit to the FCT/Leventis Agricultural Training Cnentre, Yaba, in Abaji area council. He stated Read More

2021 World Food Day: Is Nigeria Food Secured?

October 19, 2021 Blueprint 0

In the first part of this article, last week, Food security was defined as a state in which food is quantitatively and qualitatively available, accessible, and affordable to meet the nutritional needs of the people over a given period. The levels of food insecurity range from mild, to medium, to severe and chronic depending on the three As; availability, accessibility, Read More

Rite Foods marks World Food Day with unique consumer brands

October 17, 2021 Blessing Anaro 0

Rite Foods, Nigeria’s leading food and beverage company, marks this year’s World Food Day with the commitment of providing consumers with its portfolio of quality brands to keep them refreshed and stay healthy. With the 2021 theme as “Safe food now for a healthy tomorrow,” World Food Day, which is celebrated yearly on October 16, commemorates the date of the Read More

2021 WFD: Invest in livestock, horticulture, fisheries minister urges entrepreneurs

October 14, 2021 John Oba 0

As stakeholders in the agricultural sector continue day two activities of 2021 World Food Day, entrepreneurs and investors in Nigeria has been urged to invest in livestock, horticulture, fisheries and others to take Nigeria into self-sufficiency, food security, rich nutrition, and wealth creation along various value chains. The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Mohammed Abubakar, stated this on Read More

NALDA land is not for RUGA – ES

October 12, 2021 John Oba 0

The Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA), Prince Paul Ikonne, has debunked insinuations that lands donated for Integrated Farm Estates across the country would be used for RUGA. The NALDA boss said the Authority is not interested in taking over lands from the people but only concerned about youth empowerment and Food security. Read More

7,000 Ogun youth benefit from Anchor Borrowers scheme

September 27, 2021 Hakeem Adegbenro 0

Over seven thousand youths in Ogun state have so far been empowered by the Central Bank of Nigeria’s Anchor Borrowers’ agricultural programme through the cassava intervention project by the state government. This was contained in a statement by the chief press secretary to Ogun state governor, Kunle Somorin, at the weekend. Somorin said the agricultural project, tagged ‘Mega Ogun State Read More

Economy: Coalition stages rally, hails Buhari, Emefiele

September 22, 2021 Editor 0

Teaming members of Coalition of Civil Society Groups on Wednesday September 22, 2021, staged a solidarity rally in support of President Muhammadu Buhari and the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN, Mr. Godwin Emefiele for their tact in handling Nigeria’s economy amidst global pandemic COVID-19. In his address during the rally held at the Unity Fountain in Abuja, Read More

We’re borrowing for the good of Nigerians, APC tells PDP

September 15, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has replied criticism by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over its borrowing spree, saying the act “is for the good of the country.” In a statement signed Wednesday in Abuja by the National Secretary Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Sen. John James Akpanudoedehe, the ruling party said unlike in the brazen looting days Read More

On the appointment of agric minister

September 15, 2021 Blueprint 0

Whoever has insight on how powerful an “Executive” seat is, especially the office of the president, one will not doubt what President Muhammadu Buhari did recently by transferring former environment minister to the agriculture ministry. No one can question the legality of the action or the terms and conditions that warrant such transfer. In fact, one may even overlook it, Read More

Mahmood reels out plans as he takes over agric ministry

September 9, 2021 John Oba 0

The newly appointed Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) Dr. Mohammed Mahmood Abubakar, has officially taken over duty at the ministry. Signing the take over note, Abubakar said the priority of the Ministry under his leadership will be to ensure that the ministry have the necessary policy direction on ground that will truly position agriculture as the mainstay of Read More

Gidado clears misgivings about GMOs as Blueprint partners OFAB

August 27, 2021 John Oba 0

The National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) has raised concern over Nigerians’ attitude towards Genetically Modified Organisms produces, saying Science is being misunderstood. This is even as NABDA and Open Forum On Agricultural Biotechnology in Nigeria (OFAB) has indicated interest to partner Blueprint Newspaper in educating Nigerians on the benefits of science. The Country Coordinator, OFAB Nigeria chapter, Dr. Rose Suniso Read More

FAO advocates strengthening of water, agric production systems

August 22, 2021 Blueprint 0

As the world mark the 2021 World Water Week, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has called for the development of resilient water resource management and agricultural production systems. The statement which the UN agency posted on its website said in an era of anthropogenic-induced environmental change defined by increasing hydrometeorological variability – exemplified by an increase in the severity Read More

Nanono wants experts’ input on soil science services

August 22, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Minister of Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), Muhammad Sabo Nanono has called on members of the newly reconstituted Governing Council of the Nigeria Institute of Soil Science (NISS) to encourage technical cooperation on soil extension services in the nation. Speaking during the inauguration ceremony held at the Yar’ Adua Centre in Abuja, recently, the minister represented Read More

Unsustainable agric practices hampering global food production – Expert

August 22, 2021 John Oba 0

The ECOWAS Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Ernest Aubee, has expressed concerns over the broken global food production system saying it is destroying food production system. Dr. Aubee stated this during a group presentation to a Journalists platform ‘Go Organic’ on the topic: ‘Importance of Ecological Organic Agriculture Policies in the Transformation of West African Agriculture” recently. He said the current Read More

USAID livelihoods activity’ll benefit 15,000 farmers in Adamawa

August 21, 2021 Blueprint 0

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched a new activity that would improve livelihoods and strengthen the resilience of 15,000 rural vulnerable households against environmental, economic, and social shocks, and stressors. A press statement by USAID, Friday, said in a ceremony, acting Deputy Director, USAID’s Economic Growth and Environment Office, Jodi Kaye Wade, joined the Chief of Staff Read More

World Humanitarian Day: 235m persons need assistance, Refugees Commission’s boss reveals

August 20, 2021 Paul Okah 0

The Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI), Hajiya Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim, has said the Commission will continue to work in line with the 2017 roadmap, which focuses on strengthening of internal frameworks, stream lining of existing data, standardised digitilisation, sustainable & durable solution as well as strategic partnership for resource mobilisation and aimed at effective Read More

3.4bn world population suffer hunger, malnourished – Expert

August 19, 2021 John Oba 0

An expert, the Head Agriculture Division, ECOWAS Commission, Dr. Mr Ernest Aubee, has said half of the world’s population are not well fed, while 3.4 billion suffer hunger, malnutrition and obesity. Aubee made the assertion recently during an online presentation on the `Agro-ecology way to ensuring food security and sustaining the environment’, organised by Journalists Go Organic Initiative. He described Read More

2023: Pro-Saraki group distributes fertilisers to farmers

August 17, 2021 Awaal Gata 0

A political support group, ‘Saraki Is Coming Door To Door 2023 organisation,’ has donated bags of fertiliser to low-income farmers in North-west part of the country. National Coordinator of the group, Umar Faringado Kazaure, in a statement in Abuja, said the gesture was to deepen the philanthropic gesture and disposition of the President of the 8th Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Read More

NBS inflation figures, grim news on food affordability

August 17, 2021 Blueprint 0

The federal government might have lost count of Nigeria’s endless string of deleterious firsts. The list is lengthened almost on weekly basis. Nigeria is the world’s headquarters of poverty. It snatched the inglorious crown from India in 2018. In 2020 alone, Nigeria pushed 10 million more compatriots below poverty line. The World Bank claims that surging inflation helped to worsen Read More

Buhari’s agricultural programmes ‘ve secured food security for Nigeria – Izunaso

August 16, 2021 Umar Mohammed Gombe 0

A former National Organising Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Sen. Osita Izunaso has lauded the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari in the agricultural sector. He stated this in Abuja during his call to Bar, saying the numerous policies and programmes in the sector are targeted at ensuring that the country achieves self sufficiency in food supply. According Read More

IDY: Youths are sweeping game-chargers

August 12, 2021 Blueprint 0

International Youth Day is observed annually on 12 August worldwide with the aim of bringing the challenges of youth around the world to the attention of the global authorities so as to save their bacon to fulfill their potential and play their vital role in their nation-building. The theme of this year is “Transforming food systems: Youth Innovation for Human Read More

Farmers’ Radio’ll improve farmers’ knowledge, uptake of credit- Suleiman 

August 6, 2021 Amaka Ifeakandu 0

The 2021 edition of Nigerian Farmers Radio, the Pan-Nigeria agribusiness-related radio show initiated by Sterling Bank, will focus on product-to-region mapping, value chain and access to credit. It is broadcasted in major Nigerian languages, including Pidgin English, to meet diverse demographic needs. Commenting on the programme, Chief Executive Officer of Sterling Bank, Abubakar Suleiman, said that this edition’s programme adopts Read More

Time to prioritise agriculture

July 29, 2021 Blueprint 0

Media report that the federal government is set to inject over N600 billion as stimulus response into the agriculture sector is a welcome development. It is, indeed, an inevitable move towards the much touted diversification of the nation’s economy which has been largely dependent on crude oil for over five decades. The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono, Read More